Christmas ornaments

Sentimental and Homemade Christmas Ornaments


Christmas ornament sheet music and glitter

It is Party Time! Today is the day of Centsational Girl‘s Ornament party and of course I am joining in. I love ornaments, Christmas balls, tree toppers, all of it and I love to share my favorites with you. So let the show off begin.


We have a tradition that each year during our summer vacation we try to find at least one ornament for our tree. Of course Christmas decorations aren’t always easy to find in summer so we have to be creative to find something.


red gold Christmas ornaments that are vacation keepsakes


It all started with a gold moon. We found it on the first weekend trip we made together. We went to Germany and I think I spotted this gold moon in a fair trade shop. It wasn’t anywhere near Christmas but I just loved that little moon so much I bought it and that first Christmas we spend together the little moon was our tree topper.

If you have read my blog for some time, you will know that one of my sisters has moved to New-Zealand. I miss her so much, especially around Christmas time. We visited her in 2007 and what else could we bring from there but a kiwi (did you know there are three official kiwi’s: the bird, the fruit and the New-Zealanders themselves). This little bird is a reminder of one of the most beautiful vacations I ever had, and of course makes me feel closer to my sister.

One of our first big trips was a vacation to China. It had been a dream of My Love for a long time to visit China but somehow he had never managed to get himself there. Well I fixed that. This little ball is very fine metal work. While on our trip we made a lot of mandatory trips to factories that always had a shop too. In this factory they made elaborate vases and decorations. That little ball was probably the smallest thing they had, so it was just perfect for us. I am sure I don’t need to tell you the little fish is from China as well. You can buy them there at just about every street corner. They are supposed to bring you good luck. Well we are very lucky people who have everything and more than we could possibly need. So I guess the fish is working.

The year we went to the Pacific Northwest, we visited America and Canada. There were lots of mouse and bear ornaments to be found, but I didn’t really like them. When I saw this ‘globe’ thingy I knew it was perfect. Because we saw three of these needle like buildings. Of course the Seattle Needle, but Vancouver and Calgary had one too.

When we visited the South of Europe a couple of years ago we traveled to several countries. That vacation we spent a day in Venice. And of course I couldn’t leave without some authentic Venetian glass. I always try to make sure that there is little Christmas light behind this little angel when I hang it in the tree, because it just looks so beautiful all lit up.


Christmas ornament sheet music and glitter

This year we spent our summer holiday in the south of France. It was the first time I couldn’t find an ornament (or I would have had to hang a little sack of lavender in my tree). So instead I decided to make one myself. I used vintage music paper, an old French Christmas card and some ribbon I found at a French flea market. This way we still have a nice memory of a lovely vacation in the Provence.


Speaking of home-made ornaments. I showed you these already last year:


personalized Christmas decorations in red white in the kitchen


Plain red balls that I foofified with white ribbon, stickers and lace. They will get a place in my kitchen this year too.


And if you haven’t seen enough Christmas ornaments yet, hop on over to Centsational Girl’s lovely blog for more participants in the Ornament party.

And since I did add a few homemade or home-foofified ornaments in here I am linkin this up to Get Your Craft On too. 


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  1. Lori says

    Marianne, how nice that when you put up your tree every year, you are also unpacking your special memories…i love that all of your ornaments have a story behind them…thanks for sharing!!!

  2. Blondie's Journal says

    I love all of your pretty ornaments and the stories that go with them, Marianne! I really like the one you made for your visit to France when you did not buy an ornament. It's pretty. You have been to SO many places!! I'm sad it has been so long since you have seen your sister. That must be hard. I did learn something new about the three Kiwi's though!! :-)


  3. Beth@The Stories of A to Z says

    I don't have many ornaments that hold much meaning to me but I hope to change that :). Yours are all beautiful!

  4. Manuela says

    kijk dit is nu leuk…niet zomaar rood en goud maar met een speciaal tintje eraan!!!!ik hou ervan…super!!
    geniet ervan…

    groetjes manuela

  5. Centsational Girl says

    This is what I adore about you ! You always teach me so much every time I visit. I am honored you joined in on my party, and I am delighted with every one of your precious ornaments. I absorbed every word ! (Well, the English ones…. )

    Hugs and smiles,

  6. Laura Ingalls Gunn says

    I adore your fleur de lis!

    I can't wait to see your other decorations.

    I hope that you will come by and see the ornaments I made: pearl encrusted star, crystal and button ball and an anthrro inspired tree topper.

  7. Maya @ Completely Coastal says

    It's so wonderful that your Christmas ornaments come with a story and that you brought them home from you travels. What a great idea (one that unfortunately never occured to me!). Happy Holidays!!!

  8. lia says

    Wat leuk om op deze manier je boom te vullen. En wat ben jij in veel landen geweest zeg. Kom nog eens terug want ben benieuwd hoe alles in de boom hangt.
    groetjes Lia

  9. Amanda @ Serenity Now says

    Love that little Nutcracker ornament!! :) Thanks for the visit. I got that little NYC bag ornament in some random gift shop. They have them everywhere. :)

  10. Destination Seaborn says

    A woman after my own heart! Thanks for sharing the story of your ornaments! They're beautiful…I can't wait to see your tree! I love to travel and try to pick up ornaments in our travels! ~Lisa

  11. LiLi M. says

    Wat leuk! Wij doen dat dus ook 'souvenir' ballen meenemen, maar dan moet je wel Disney world en Disney land denken hoor, nou ja ook IJsland en Venetië, eerlijk is eerlijk! Heerlijk dat je nog helemaal los gaat met versieringen. Ik raak inmiddels een beetje overdonderd van al het Kerstgeweld op de blogs, misschien dat ik het dit jaar maar eens rustig aan doe! Ik zei; misschien!